How do I select apples at the farmers market or grocery store?
Choose firm, shiny and smooth-skinned apples with intact stems and fresh smell, not musty.
What are the best snacking apple varieties?
Just about any variety – Braeburn, Cameo, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Jazz, Jonagold, McIntosh, Cripps Pink and Red Delicious.
Which apple varieties work best in salads?
Crisp, sweet apple varieties are your best option for apple salads. Try Jonagold, Jonathon, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp or Braeburn.
What are the best apples for baking?
Red Rome is one of the best apples for baking, but many apples hold up well when baking, with varieties ranging in flavor from sweet to tart. Sweet baking apples: Criterion, Golden Delicious, Jonagold. Tart baking apples: Cortland, Granny Smith, Newtown Pippin. Sweet-tart baking apples: Braeburn, Empire, Idared, Jonathan, Stayman Winesap. (Red Delicious apples, while great on their own, are not good for baking.)
How do I store apples?
Apples absorb refrigerator odors easily, so store them in a plastic bag away from foods with strong odors.
How long do apples stay fresh?
Use apples within three weeks from date of purchase – or when they start to go bad.